Movie Review: Aftershock
Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 9 months ago
With the utmost intense in terms of thrills and horror at the hands of Earth’s wrath, “Aftershock” has to be the best in-your-face flick running a gauntlet of unexpected twists, turns, and waves of humanistic vulnerabilities.
“Aftershock” begins as a typical party flick – you know: dudes, broads, drinks, laughs, etc. The kick here is the setting takes place in one of our world’s most beautiful locations – Chile, South America!
Eli Roth stars as Gringo, a single dad overcoming single dad issues. Vacationing as he tries to seek out a good time, he’s also kicking it with two of his boys – Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolas Martinez a/k/a Latino Zach Galifianakis) – who pretty much serve as guided tours taking him all over the hot spots, showing him gorgeous scenery, and ultimately leading it to places where the boys meet up with some girls, who, in turn, add to their run-around of fun!
From one day to the next, the group (much bigger now) continues on with their location-hopping which leads the group of six getting a little historical, catching more breath-taking views via a tram ride, then decide to hit up a booming underground club where the group of six become a bit more loose, friendlier, and right before you know it…disaster strikes! Hitting hard and unexpectedly, what starts off as an uppity, fun-and-games flick, quickly turns into everyone’s worst nightmare. Struggling to survive the quake’s aftermath, they must also defy the odds against looters and a menacing gang of rapists/killers.
Shot on location in Chile, Nicolas Lopez (director) serves authenticity to the max as the ruins/ruble that stand from 2010’s Chilean quake serve as backdrop for “Aftershock.” Raising the bar for the term “keeping it real,” as a whole, the film’s appeal raises realism due to gritty, grungy, sketchy scenery, while running parallel to a cast that bounced well off each other.
One of the best things about this film is how Roth, Lopez, and Guillermo Amoedo wrote it in a form where every scene comes off like a film within itself. Setting grounds as the script moves along, not only does this appeal come off well and interesting as every character unveils their individuality, outcomes are also taken up a notch as the film moves along presenting unexpected twists.
On many levels “Aftershock” is a film, but also tangles one’s brain in a web of vulnerabilities as there’s no doubt that just like the film, we very well know when quakes hit, they hit unexpectedly, leaving some to confront the most unique, dangerous scenarios – and also leaving some enclosed in tombs of ruble almost impossible for first responders to dig through based on depth and time. History speaks for itself, and if it’s the kind that triggers a tsunami…unpleasantness raises even more.
Overall, “Aftershock” is a great film to endure. Most definitely a nail-biter that triggers every emotion known to mankind!